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Sep 7, 2016 - Our Trip to McGregor Lake

We had originally decided to stay at McGregor Lake for two weeks. Our plan was to get in some lake fishing, well that didn't quite pan out. Most of the lakes in the area were hard to access, lots of cabins/homes lined the shores. We could find no boat rentals, we were told by the proprietor of a local Fly shop, that most residents fly fish the rivers (so much for that). Turns out the weather didn't exactly cooperate & we both have been gimping around a bit. So we did some sight seeing & running back & forth to Kalispell. Our other issue was...

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Pete & Jan's Travels

Aug 3, 2014 - Worship in Kalispell and laundry

Date: August 3, 2014 Weather: lovely sunshine Temperature: start 56º High 83º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer Year List: 306 Birds: American Robin, Turkey Vulture, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western & Mountain Bluebirds, Hummingbird (sp) After the storm last night, we lost power, evidently all night. So, the question was to get showers and coffee before we went to church. We had about 1/3 tank of water, but had never showered using our pump. The water was not boiling hot, but it was warm and we got clean. We usually take 'navy' showers, but...

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Going West 2014

Aug 2, 2014 - Lost Trail NWR and Skydiving!

Date: August 2, 2014 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 56º High 82º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Ground Squirrel Year List: 306 Birds: Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Trumpeter Swan, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Black Tern & chicks, Eared Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Horned Grebe, Hairy Woodpecker, Mallard, Canvasback Duck, Bald Eagle, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Harrier, American Pipit, Chipping Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Barn...

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Going West 2014

Aug 1, 2014 - Smith Lake & Ashley Lake - beautiful drive and birds

Date: August 1, 2014 Weather: partly sunny am, clouds in the afternoon Temperature: start 53º High 94º Wildlife count: Pine Squirrels, Chipmunks, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed & Mule Deer Year List: 306 Birds: Tree Swallow, American Robin, Barn Swallow, Red-necked Grebe, Cedar Waxwing, Wood Duck, Hairy Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, Red Crossbill, Barrow's Goldeneye, Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wren, Common Merganser, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebirds,...

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Going West 2014

Jul 31, 2014 - Staying Close to home - McGregor & Little McGregor Lakes

Date: July 31, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 52º High 94º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer twin fawns (this is about the 10th pair we have seen), Chipmunk, Uinta Ground Squirrel Year List: 306 Birds: Pine Siskin, Black-capped Chickadee, Red Crossbill, Warbling Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Ruddy Duck, Western Tanager, Cedar Waxwing, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, American Robin, Common Loon, Mountain Bluebird, Hummingbird (sp), Common Raven, With two beautiful lakes just outside of our door, we decided we didn't need to drive very...

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Going West 2014

Jul 30, 2014 - Kalispell and south to Flathead Lake and sloughs

Date: July 30, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny, then a rainstorm in the afternoon Temperature: start 52º High 97º Wildlife count: rabbit, White-tailed Deer Year List: 306 Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Sandhill Cranes, White Pelican, Osprey, Eastern Kingbird, Canada Geese, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Savannah Sparrow, American Robin, Turkey Vulture, Red Crossbill, Ring-billed Gull, Common Merganser, Song Sparrow, Eurasian-Collared Dove, Northern Flicker, Brewer's Blackbird, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-headed Blackbird, American...

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Going West 2014

Jul 29, 2014 - Exploring Lost Trail NWR

Date: July 29, 2014 Weather: Mostly sunny Temperature: start 52º High 94º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Chipmunk, Uinta Ground Squirrel Year List: 306 Birds: Grasshopper Sparrow, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Gray Partridge, Red-necked Grebe, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, European...

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Going West 2014

Jul 28, 2014 - Troy to McGregor Lakes resort area

Click to see today's map Date: July 28, 2014 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 57º High 93º Wildlife count: White-tailed and Mule Deer Year List: 305 Birds: American Crow, Turkey Vulture, Robin, Common Raven, American Kestrel After a relaxed morning, we were on the road by 10, but with only 75 miles to drive, we didn't need to leave early. It was a beautiful drive down US-2 through mountain valleys, following streams and rivers. There was one stop for road construction for about ½ hour, and we enjoyed watching a grandpa and grandson...

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Going West 2014

Jun 29, 2014 - Montana and Friends

We have been enjoying our travels in Montana so very much. Since my last entry we have visited places such as Missoula, Butte, Kalispell, Big Fork and Marion. We drove the entire west shore of Flathead Lake (the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States). We have enjoyed all the wildflowers, mountains, rivers, and lakes. Willis and I stopped for a night with our friends Dianne and Paul (the last time we had seen them was in Atlanta, GA) at their gorgeous home in Big Fork. They fixed us a...

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Apr 30, 2014 - US 2

Just north of Coeur D’Alene we got on US 2. We’ll be following US 2 for most of the next week until we get to Minnesota. It travels a discontinuous route from coast to coast for 2,115 miles. The Western segment starts in Everett, WA and ends in St. Ignace, MI. US 2 passes into Montana near Troy, MT near the lowest point in Montana, where the Kootenai River leaves the state. It was a pleasant drive until we left Libby, MT. There was major road work going on. The road had been converted from nice asphalt to coarse gravel for several miles. At...

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